February 22, 2007 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Legendary Globe Writer Passes Away

CHN Staff Report

BOSTON — Bob Monahan, who covered the Beanpot tournament, mainly for the Boston Globe, every season from its inception in 1952 until last year, died of pneumonia Tuesday. He was 75.

Monahan, who retired from the Globe in 2001 but continued to work as a freelancer, had suffered a heart attack in December.

"I think it's safe to say that no writer in our history has covered as many collegiate games or meets or regattas as Bob Monahan; he's Mr. Collegiate," Northeastern sports information director Jack Grinold told the Boston Globe. "It wouldn't matter what college sport you could dream of, he would cover it."

A 1952 Suffolk graduate, he started at the old Boston Record delivering newspapers. In high school, he became a copy boy, and from there, started writing articles. He moved to the Globe in 1961.

"I've always thought of Bobby as almost the last bastion of amateur sports," Grinold told the Globe. "Bobby had lots of chances to go get Red Sox beats through the years or other pro sports beats, but there was something with Bobby and kids that just kept him there. I remember Bobby saying that big scoops were great, but he would rather write a feature story on a good student athlete."

Monahan won the ECAC media award in 1984 and the Hockey East Media Award in 1994. He also was honored in 2004 by the New England Hockey Writers.

Monahan left behind his wife of 54 years, four sons, and 12 grandchildren.

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